The Great Dan Patch
WHAT A TIME FOR LIVING!...AND WHAT A GREAT LOVE STORY THEY LIVED!
The Great Dan Patch is a 1949 American film directed by Joseph M. Newman about the trotting horse Dan Patch.
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One of the most famous trotters ever, Dan Patch--a horse so fast he had only his own records to race against toward the end of his career--is the subject of this film biography. Dennis O'Keefe plays the farm-raised chemist-cum-trainer who drives Dan to his greatest victories, losing his patrician wife (Ruth Warrick) along the way, but falling in love with another woman who loves harness racing as much as he does (Gail Russell). Dan Patch was a sports superstar with extensive endorsements (including washing machines and cigars).